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About John Hopton

John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, is currently available on Amazon.com.
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Rock Is Dead, Says KISS Frontman – Only In His Ostentatious Form Of It, Say I

In an interview with Esquire, KISS frontman Gene Simmons says that “Rock is finally dead.” He laments that it did not die naturally, but rather was “murdered,” in part by poor business practices and "file-sharing and downloading" by people who thought they "were entitled to have something for free."

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The Week In Wearables

Sep 09, 14 The Week In Wearables

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

With an Apple press event announced for later today and coming at the same time of year that new gadgets are touted for holiday season shopping, along with the IFA consumer-electronics show in Berlin running from September 5th to the 10th, there is plenty of wearable tech to look at just now.

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Lego Band Plays Real Music – Awesome Or Worrying?

The Kotaku blog has a video of LEGO figures playing Everything Counts by Depeche Mode. Should we be pleased or worried? As most sane, or possibly cynical, readers may have guessed, the figures didn’t wander into a rehearsal room, have a couple of cigs and crack wise about groupies before striking up the tune.

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Emojis: Damaging Language But Improving Relationships?

Sep 04, 14 Emojis: Damaging Language But Improving Relationships?

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

If someone told me 10 years ago that I’d be putting little smiley faces at the end of text messages to male friends, I would have LOL’d at them. I thought such cutesy additions, along with other embellishments such as “haha’s,” were for teenagers, particularly girls.

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A Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

Aug 28, 14 A Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

Female students face the threat of rape and sexual assault in the college environment to such an extent that some describe it as a fact of life, a reality that girls reluctantly enter into. In response, four male students have created a nail polish that can detect some of the date rape drugs that college students may encounter.

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Vanity On A Stick – Will Selfie Sticks Appear On Every Street?

Aug 21, 14 Vanity On A Stick – Will Selfie Sticks Appear On Every Street?

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

"Selfie" - The term describing taking a photo of yourself, usually to post online, has been added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary and a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper on Ellen De Generes's phone at this year’s Oscars, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey, became the most retweeted message of all time.

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Turning Favorites Into Retweets Not Going Down Well With Twitter Users

Aug 20, 14 Turning Favorites Into Retweets Not Going Down Well With Twitter Users

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

Users of social media tend not to like it when those in control mess with their service. In the case of Twitter's latest experiment though -- putting tweets in people's timelines simply because they have been favorited by someone -- the objection is more on the grounds of bewilderment.

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New Comedy Movie Explores Video Gaming’s Dark Past

Aug 17, 14 New Comedy Movie Explores Video Gaming’s Dark Past

Posted by in Gaming, Media & Entertainment

In the same week that Sony announced their rapid march to the sale of 10 million PlayStation 4s worldwide, I have also been reading about less happy times for video gaming in the early 80s, and how a new movie is about to be released about a rather bizarre episode from that period.

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16-Year-Old Girl Makes Plastic From Bananas

Aug 16, 14 16-Year-Old Girl Makes Plastic From Bananas

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

It is the sort of story that puts me to shame, when I come across something like this while procrastinating around the Internet during taking a well-earned break from watching repeats of the same TV show over and over. A 16-year-old girl from Istanbul, Turkey has been producing plastic using banana peels to help make her polluted city cleaner and to make the world a better place in general.

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Are Flying Cars Possible, Even Probable?

Aug 15, 14 Are Flying Cars Possible, Even Probable?

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

They could help to ease the problem of traffic congestion, but more importantly than that, they are incredibly exciting and very cool. Yet small, personal flying vehicles -- flying cars, as they are called -- have mostly only been talked about in fiction, and the possibility of them becoming an everyday reality is rarely spoken of.

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